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How to Make Coffee at Home

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Many people enjoy a hot cup of coffee and drop by their local coffee shop every day for their morning java. But when the shops are closed, you may not be able to rely on a barista to make your daily cup. If that’s the case, then perhaps you’re looking to replicate that same great taste of coffee from the comfort of your home. Learn how to make coffee at home using these three common brewing methods that will take your cup of Joe to the next level and save you a bit of money. 

Pour Over Coffee

Follow these simple instructions for a delicious, aromatic and complex cup of coffee:

  1. Bring cold water to boil in a kettle.
  2. If using whole beans, grind the beans to a uniform consistency similar to granulated table salt.
  3. Place a filter in the brewer and rinse with hot water. The hot water removes papery residue on the filter and warms up the brewer, keeping your coffee hot for longer.
  4. Add the grounds to the filter. Once the water is between 195°F and 205°F (or 45 seconds after removal from the heat), slowly pour enough water over the grounds to saturate them. Start from the middle and work your way outward. Stop pouring before the coffee begins to drip through.
  5. Pour in the remaining water slowly, keeping the water in the dripper between half and three-quarters full. Carefully remove the filter, then serve.

Drip Coffee

If a pour over coffee sounds too time consuming, try a simpler option using a drip coffee machine. Follow the instructions below:

  1. If using whole beans, grind the beans to a fine consistency. Transfer the grounds into a filter basket, then place it in the drip machine. Make sure the water spout is over the center of the grounds.
  2. Pour clean, filtered water into the back of machine and then press the “On” button.
  3. Turn off the machine once the coffee is done brewing. Serve and enjoy. (Tip: Clean your machine once a month by filtering a mixture of water and vinegar to remove built-up residue).

French Press

Try this popular coffee pot that has a simple, convenient design. Follow these simple steps:

  1. Bring water to a boil in a kettle.
  2. Grind whole beans to a consistency similar to breadcrumbs (coarser than you would want for pour-over). Add the grounds to the French press.
  3. Once the water is between 195°F and 205°F (45 seconds after removal from heat), add it to the French press.
  4. Stir the water into the grounds until well mixed. Let the coffee brew for about 4 minutes.
  5. Then, slowly plunge the press to separate the grounds from the coffee. Serve and enjoy.

Once you really get into coffee making, there’s a lot to explore and learn. From picking the right roast to finding the right brewing equipment, there’s plenty of ways enhance the cup of coffee. But for now, here are a few ways of how to make coffee at home and upgrade the flavor of your caffeine fix. For additional resources, check out the Learning Center for articles on nutrition, wellness, and more.

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